Lesson 2: Exploring “Eastbound”

Aim: How can we use note patterns to explore Music of India?
Summary: Students explore the Indian five-note scale and learn to sing “Eastbound.”
Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio
Time Required: 40 minutes (four 10-minute acitivities)
Standards: GA:MK-2GM.1, MK-2GM.6, MK-2GM.7, MK-2GM.8, MK-2GM.9, MK-2GM.10
SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3
Vocabulary: scale, solfège, sargam

Sing “Eastbound”

  • Listen to “Eastbound,” cdicon_22px Track 25.
  • Learn the chorus to “Eastbound,” cdicon_22px Track 26.

    Practice singing it slowly with Falu. Challenge students to sing it faster and faster until they can sing it as fast as Falu, cdicon_22px Track 27.
  • Listen to the entire song again and sing along with the chorus, cdicon_22px Track 25

    • In this song, Falu uses the notes of the Indian scale instead of lyrics.

Explore Solfège Patterns

  • Review and sing the five-note solfège scale (do, re, mi, fa, sol),
    cdicon_22px Track 28

    • Solfège is the series of syllables we use to learn melodies.
  • Learn and sing the Indian five-note scale, or sargam,
    cdicon_22px Track 29,
  • Experiment with the notes of the scale using call and response, such as:

cdicon_22px Track 30

cdicon_22px Track 31

cdicon_22px Track 32

  • Once students have explored the sargam, sign their Musical Explorers passport and let them know they are ready for the next country in their musical adventure!


Cultural Connection: Where is India?

Falu lives in New York City now, but she was born in Mumbai, India. Using SG31, find India on the world map. Explore Indian instruments on SG32.


Musical Word Wall

Add the words scale, solfège, and sargam to the Musical Word Wall.


PDF Downloads

SG30 ↓ Download File
SG31 ↓ Download File
SG32 ↓ Download File


Video “Eastbound”


Musical Explorers Audio Tracks